World Cup Qualification: Pakistan’s chances of direct inclusion improve with WI win
Pakistan after clinching the three ODI matches series to the West Indies 2-1 gains one ranking point to make it 90.
It is strengthening their chances of qualifying for the ICC World Cup-2019, directly. Pakistan’s position in the ICC ranking is unchanged as it is still at the eighth spot behind Bangladesh. According to the ICC, host England and seven other countries have to qualify for the World Cup directly on the basis of their ICC world rankings, for which the cut-off date is Sept 30, 2017. The remaining four teams will come through a qualifying round to make it a 12-team event.
Blind Cricket Tournament to start from April 24
For the first time, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) would be holding Agha Shaukat Ali Memorial National Blind Cricket Tournament from April 24 in Quetta as part of their preparations for 2018 World Cup. Talking to APP, PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah says as many as five teams including Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Bahawalpur and Islamabad would be participating in the event.
PCB's biomechanics facility set for ICC nod
The PCB's independent biomechanics facility, installed at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), is in line to obtain accreditation from the ICC. The testing facility has been acknowledged by the world body after two officials from Pakistan underwent a two-day workshop in Pretoria last month. The facility has fulfilled the technical requirements in terms of equipment and expertise to procure official accreditation.
Stuart Broad accepts ECB's decision
Pacer Stuart Broad has accepted the decision of the England and Wales Cricket Board to prevent him playing in Nottinghamshire’s second match of the new season even though he wanted to continue to appear for his county. Fast-bowler Broad is a centrally contracted player and, as such, it is ECB director Andrew Strauss, his former England captain, who has the final say on when he can play for Midlands county Nottinghamshire. The ECB confirmed that it was sticking to its plans for both Broad and Test new-ball partner James Anderson, neither of whom now feature in international white-ball cricket.
Syed Zakir Ellahi Memorial Football Tournament Rawalpindi: Zamindar club wins match
Zamindar club beat Rasheed club by 2-1 in the match of Syed Zakir Ellahi Memorial Football Tournament being played at Municipal Stadium Football Ground Satellite Town, Rawalpindi. In the first half both teams were at 1-1 draw. In the 3rd minutes Tala scored the goal for Zaminadar club and Muthair equalized the match 1-1 in 20th minutes of the first half. In the 27th minutes of 2nd half Usman scored the goal for Zamindar club on penalty kick helping his club to victory.
Honour to become first to score 100 goals in Europe: Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo rounded on his critics after becoming the first man to score 100 European goals after ending a six-game Champions League goal drought with a double against Bayern Munich. Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit to win 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions quarter-final at the Allianz Arena to take a huge step towards a record seventh consecutive semi-final. Ronaldo has been rested far more throughout the course of the season by Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
PFA Awards: Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku up for two prizes
Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have been nominated for both the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year and young player awards. They join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante on the shortlist for the main prize. Michael Keane, Leroy Sane and Jordan Pickford are up for the young player of the year award, alongside 2016 winner Dele Alli. The winners, voted for by PFA members, will be announced on 23 April.
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